The Carolina Shout - Ragtime and Jazz Piano with Ethan Uslan
By Ethan Uslan
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The Carolina Shout is a podcast about ragtime, New Orleans jazz, Harlem stride piano, and swing. Ethan Uslan is the pianist and host who performs live from his living room and offers up fun commentary and stories about the music. Each episode is a short informal private concert just for you, with occasional special guests and experts. So if you are interested in a podcast about rip-roarin American piano music that’s funny, quirky, a little educational but not too much, here it is!
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 4: Crooning with Lucifer & Friends||Ethan has fun with a couple WWI songs. First he clones an army of Ethans to whistle Col. Bogey's March, and then he takes the listener to HELL for a live duet sung by the Devil and his son. Finally, Ethan embraces his inner drill sergeant and urges...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 3: Live from Uslan Castle||Prima donna Lady Melinda Whittington joins Ethan for an anglo-inspired Downton Abbey-themed program. Put on your lorgnette as Lady Whittington warbles one of the smash hits from London's hit 1916 musical: Chu Chin Chow. Then, take off your dinner...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 2: Questions from Kirk||Ethan opens up the mailbag and fields some interesting piano questions from a listener. This leads him to play 2 versions of "The Entertainer" and then some fancy Harlem-style fingerwork. Will Ethan's digits get all tied up in knots, like spaghetti...||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: Auld Rag Tyme||Wearing sweatpants and nursing an acute hangover, Ethan sings his 2017 New Year's resolutions. Then he plays a strenuous duet with Abby the Spoon Lady. Finally, an airline pilot bursts into Ethan's home with an emergency ragtime question pertaining to...||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Tea, Pickles and the World Series||For the final episode of the season, Ethan relishes the opportunity to open up the phone lines. To his surprise, the world's foremost authority on pickles calls in. Then Ethan reflects on the song that helped him make Romanian friends, and then...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: DON'T OPEN THAT DOOR!!||Special guest Dr. Kendra Preston-Leonard talks about the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive and we hear Ethan play music from the silent movies. We wrap things up by forming a human pyramid while we listen to Ethan's college football music. Songs...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: The 3 B's - Beethoven, Brinkley, and 'Bama||In the name of science, Ethan performs an experiment on the Moonlight Sonata. Then he introduces a new segment called "Book Report" where he talks about a nefarious con man who ran for office. Then he tries to calm you back down with "Stars Fell...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Opening Up the Phone Lines was a Bad Idea||Ethan dons a vintage bathing suit to play some beach music. Then he opens up the phone lines and gets a demanding caller who makes too many requests. Finally Ethan reflects on his experience playing piano at a Georgian restaurant in France. ...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Travels with Ethan - Netherlands Edition||Ethan talks about his trip to the Netherlands where he heard cowboy music coming from a church. He also does jazz variations on a Dutch waltz, and relates a story about how he met the world's most famous woman of the night. Songs Included: Eggs in the...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Dutch-Indonesian-Mexican-Irish-American Musical Musings||Laura Windley is back to sing what is (probably) the only jazz song about North Carolina. Then Ethan plays variations on a Dutch-Indonesian rock song that was originally an American pseudo-Mexican waltz. Finally we hear the world's most beloved Irish...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Roll Out The Pi-Yodeling™||Ethan answers a FAQ and travels back in time to 1988, when he was 9 years old and went to New Orleans for the first time. Then he demonstrates a piano technique that he invented, called Pi-Yodeling.™ Finally, Ethan wraps it up by...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: La Vie en Calico||In this episode, Ethan plays the Calico Rag and tells you everything he knows about its composer, Nat Johnson. Then, he plays a French song in the style of Fats Waller. Finally, we hear Ethan accompany vocalist Laura Windley of the Mint Julep Jazz...||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Carolina Shout on the Carolina Shout||Ethan explains why the Carolina Shout is called the Carolina Shout. After the shout, Ethan talks about his former life as a librarian, where shouting was strictly forbidden, and whispering was the only sanctioned form of communication....||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Dawn of a Podcast!||With much fanfare, Ethan triumphantly heralds the birth of a podcast. We get to hear the first song Ethan ever learned to play on the piano, and then we float down the Mississippi River to learn about the first piece of ragtime ever published....||11/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Carolina Shout: A Teaser||Jazz Piano & Stories w/Ethan Uslan||11/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
What a delightful podcast: Bright music with historical context, in a very accessible topic. We all instantly recognize ragtime but know little about it.
If you like this podcast, BUY Ethan's CD!!
I first heard of Ethan through his CD "By the Sea" on the Rivermont label. It's wonderful, just like this podcast. It's available at rivermontrecords.com and is featured right on the front page of the site. As for this podcast, it is clever, amusing, informative, entertaining, and thoroughly delightful. I started with episode 1 and had to binge listen to all of them. Looking forward to more. Short enough to be a quick pick-me-up during the day. Great job, Ethan. Keep up the good work. Hope to hear you in person sometime soon. Best wishes. Glenn Robison
I'm just wild about Uslan's ragtime podcast, Uslan's ragtime podcast ! ! !